Val Horstman

Val Horstman is a senior civil and environmental engineering at Calvin College. In class design projects, she has modeled and designed a variety of water treatment processes. Extracurricular activities like the Renewable Energy Organization and an internship with the US Environmental Protection Agency have increased her awareness of social, political, and economic complexities in solving environmental problems. She has worked with Professor David Wunder to study the rate and equilibrium of antibiotic sorption to biofiltration biofilms integral to many drinking water treatment systems. After graduating from Calvin in May, Val plans to pursue a MS in environmental engineering and science, along with a certificate in global and ecological health at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Afterwards, she hopes to use her technical and engineering skills to help solve environmental and health problems including clean water, sustainable transportation systems, and resource use cycles.